Parkinson’s disease (PD) usually occurs after the age of 60 and occurs more often in men. It affects over one million Americans. The lack of a brain chemical called Dopamine turns many golden years rusty.
Unlike diabetes, stroke, or heart disease, lifestyle changes cannot reverse the disease. Dopamine, a chemical produced in the brain, helps people to be able to move their muscles in a smooth even manner. The nerve cells that produce Dopamine become destroyed in PD. The lack of Dopamine causes people to be unable to move correctly.
People suffering from PD, move slowly and have trouble getting up from a chair or walking or moving in bed. Fine motor skills, involving handwriting and operating zippers become difficult. Because the opposing muscles cannot move together, PD causes individuals to have limb stiffness and muscle rigidity. PD individuals gradually develop poor posture and can easily fall. Dopamine also blocks unwanted movements, but PD individuals lose that ability, and therefore 70 percent of them experience resting tremors.
Because of PD complexities, individuals need to put together a team to help them live long, fulfilling productive lives. This team needs to start with a neurologist trained to treat PD. PD management involves a medley of medications that must be finely tuned to each individual’s response. Enlist family to assist with chores as PD can be draining physically. As PD progresses a home care agency like Care Plus Home Care can come in to assist with household chores, transportation, meal preparation, and personal care.